- a small globular or rounded mass of medicinal substance, usually covered with a hard coating, that is to be swallowed whole.
- something unpleasant that has to be accepted or endured: Ingratitude is a bitter pill.
- Slang. a tiresomely disagreeable person.
- Sports Slang. a ball, especially a baseball or golf ball.
- the pill. birth-control pill.
- pills, British Slang. billiards.
- to dose with pills.
- to form or make into pills.
- Slang. to blackball.
- to form into small, pill-like balls, as the fuzz on a wool sweater.Compare depill.
- Take a chill pill! Disparaging Slang. chill pill(def 2).
Origin of pill1
- British Dialect. to peel.
- Obsolete. to become or cause to become bald.
Origin of pill2
- to rob, plunder, or pillage.
Origin of pill3
Examples from the Web for pill
If there were a pill with such poor efficacy, it might be considered malpractice to prescribe it.‘The Biggest Loser’ Could Be TV’s Most Important Show Ever
September 26, 2014
“I could have taken the pill, but I wanted to do the one that women were most afraid of,” she told Cosmo.Wendy Davis and the 'Good Abortion' Myth
September 10, 2014
A pill that can give women control over their bodies and sexual choice is coming under criticism for encouraging risky behavior.
So far, research shows that none of these fears have been born out with The Pill or with Truvada.
Florida, which began a pill mill crackdown in 2010, saw a 50 percent decrease in overdose deaths from oxycodone in 2012.Painkiller Overdoses Kill More Than One American Every Hour
July 1, 2014
He wished to have the time to make Dubois swallow this pill.The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete
Duc de Saint-Simon
There was no answer, and she asked again, "Bob, did you 'pill your berries?"
You've always had speed and curves, but now you seem able to get the pill over.Rival Pitchers of Oakdale
Some of that power ought to emanate from him with every pill and drug which he prescribes.Psychotherapy
We figured the percentage on the basis of the pill Frank swiped.Question of Comfort
- a small spherical or ovoid mass of a medicinal substance, intended to be swallowed whole
- the pill (sometimes capital) informal an oral contraceptive
- something unpleasant that must be endured (esp in the phrase bitter pill to swallow)
- slang a ball or disc
- a small ball of matted fibres that forms on the surface of a fabric through rubbing
- slang an unpleasant or boring person
- (tr) to give pills to
- (tr) to make pills of
- to form into small balls
- (of a fabric) to form small balls of fibre on its surface through rubbing
- (tr) slang to blackball
- archaic, or dialect to peel or skin (something)
- archaic to pillage or plunder (a place)
- obsolete to make or become bald
Word Origin and History for pill
"small ball or round mass of medicine," c.1400, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German pille and Middle French pile, all from Latin pilula "pill," literally "little ball," diminutive of pila "a ball, playing ball," said to be related to pilus "hair" if the original notion was "hairball." Figurative sense "something disagreeable that must be swallowed" is from 1540s; slang meaning "boring person" is recorded from 1871. The pill "contraceptive pill" is from 1957.
1736, "to dose on pills," from pill (n.). From 1882 as "to form into pills." Related: Pilled; pilling.
- A small pellet or tablet of medicine, often coated, taken by swallowing whole or by chewing.
- An oral contraceptive.